Don't look now, because you might not believe it.

Grand Mesa still seems pretty green when you gaze east from the Grand Valley.

But leaf by little leaf, it is actually changing into its autumn attire.

Sure, the fall color situation can't be compared with last year, said Lacie Allen, a customer service specialist at the U.S. Forest Service's Grand Mesa Visitor Center.

She has pictures from this time last year showing the aspen gold glowing through the hills. However, you have to consider that the drought stressed the trees so they all popped early, she said.

This year's autumn color is behind last year's, but when Color Sunday arrives on Sept. 29, there will be color to see on Grand Mesa, Allen reassured.

On top of Grand Mesa as well as around the visitor center, the turn from green to orange, yellow and red has begun in the trees and underbrush and by Color Sunday, "I don't know if it will be quite peak, but it will be getting there," she said.

And no matter the exact shade of the leaves, Color Sunday will offer a number of events to enjoy if you decide to take in the views on Grand Mesa along Scenic Byway Colorado Highway 65.

Here are some of those events:

■ There will be a Color Sunday Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Mesa Community Center, 48973 KE Road, in the town of Mesa.

Stop by for a traditional turkey dinner and an arts and craft fair. The dinner costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors age 60 and older and children ages 5–17. Children age 4 and younger eat for free.

Proceeds from this event go to the Plateau Valley 4-H Clubs.

■ Listen in as Jack + Jill Trio serenade Color Sunday, Sept. 29, at Mesa Lakes Lodge, 3619 Colorado Highway 65.

■ It's Color Weekend at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, which means not one, but two days of fun that include $14 scenic lift rides, mountain biking and hiking on both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28–29.

The ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day for those wanting to purchase a lift ride pass.

The Flat Top Flyer lift will begin running at 10 a.m. each day. The last chair up for scenic lift rides will go at 2:15 p.m. (Powderhorn recommends that anyone wanting to take a scenic lift ride should arrive before noon) and the lift will continue for bike traffic until 4 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days there will be a photography workshop.

Live music will go from 2–5 p.m. Saturday with Tyho and from 2:30–5:30 p.m. Sunday with Stray Grass.

On Sunday, there will be two special activities for those looking for something extra.

From 1–2:30 p.m. Sunday there will be a painting class taught by The Palette.

Cost is $40 per project and participants can choose to paint a design featuring a skier, snowboarder or a mountain bike (or do two project for an additional $15). To sign up for this class, go to or call 640-8569.

And at 1 p.m. Sunday a Care Flight Helicopter will land in Powderhorn's lower parking lot so people can tour the helicopter.

The helicopter also will pick up the two winners of a Powderhorn raffle and take them on a tour of Grand Mesa. Raffle tickets are available at Powderhorn for a donation of $5. The funds will go to Mesa County Search and Rescue.

For Color Weekend information, go to

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